Potter Opens With 70 in Bermuda
Friday, November 10, 2023

    Ted Potter's vacation ended yesterday in the Caribbean, and Ocala's long-time PGA Tour hero posted a 1-under-par 70 in the first round of the $6.5 million Butterfield Bermuda Championship. It's the next step in Ted's quest to regain his exempt status on tour.

    Ted shot 2-under-34 on the front side of the Port Royal Golf Course, making birdies on the first, third and seventh holes, and a lone bogey on No. 8. On the back, he faltered with four bogeys, but added one birdie and an eagle 3 on the par -5 17th for a 36. He's tied for 90th in the field of 132, and the early projected cut line is -3. 

    Alex Noren scorched the course to take the lead with a 10-under-61, two strokes better than a group of four. 

    Among the Gators, resurgent Camilo Villegas, also trying to regain his exempt status, shot 4-under-67 and is tied for 33rd, along with senior Brian Gay. In last week's $8.5 million World Wide Technology Championship in Mexico, Camilo finished a bang-up second to Erik Rooyen, just two strokes behind Erik's 27 under par. Gay missed that cut at 4 under, and Tyson Alexander missed it at 2 over. Tyson's in the hunt in Bermuda after an opening 68, and he's tied for 46th. Seminole Hank Lebioda is at 2-under-69.   

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